New golf academy coach at Gateshead College

Gateshead College has recruited a talented sports coach to head up its golf academy. 

In his new role John Vallely will be responsible for developing the next generation of budding golf enthusiasts. A PGA professional, he has more than 14 years’ coaching and mentoring experience and has worked with golfers of all abilities, from enthusiastic novices to experienced tour professionals.

John is a well respected England golf coach and over the past seven years has worked with numerous male and female county squads. He also coaches the Newcastle University golf team.

He will kick off his new role by hosting two free ‘taster’ sessions at Matfen Hall on Saturday 26th July (9.00am-1.00pm) and Thursday 7th August (4.30pm-8.30pm). Golf enthusiasts aged 16 and upwards will be able to test their technique and receive top advice on strength and conditioning, nutrition, tournament preparation and the mental strength needed to overcome tough competition.

John, who originally hails from Heworth, said: “I’m really passionate about helping all of my students to improve their game and achieve their potential. We’re not just looking to produce elite stars and fast-track them to success on the national and international stage; we also want to help inexperienced golfers improve their game and enjoy the sport as a hobby.

“While we aim to improve the students’ golfing technique we also equip them with vital transferable skills, such as preparation, planning and leadership qualities, which they can use in their chosen career.”

Anyone who is aged between 16 and 19 and studying a full-time course at the college can join the golf academy. Students can benefit from up to nine hours of professional coaching and mentoring each week and will be able to hone their skills at Matfen Hall or the Dynamics Indoor Golf Centre in Gosforth. 

Lewis Pendleton, sports academy manager at Gateshead College, said: “I’m thrilled to have John on board. His coaching credentials are second to none and he has successfully improved the skills of golf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.”

To register for the taster days call John Vallely on 07899 090777. For more information on the golf academy, or information on how to enroll, please call 0191 490 2447 or 0191 490 2326 or e-mail